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gun-fucious
July 15, 2003, 03:00 PM
> Subject: ACTION ALERT! WED-7/16
> Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2003 22:07:46 -0700
>
> Greetings Liberty Belles!
>
> We are writing to inform you that the Brady
> Campaign, the Million Mom March,
> and the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence will be
> holding a press conference this
> Wednesday, July 16th. The conference will
> likely feature hysterical charges
> against firearm manufacturers and distributors
> claiming that firearms are
> marketed to kill and sold illegally so that
> criminals can easily obtain them.
> Rather than hold criminals responsible for
> their actions, the MMM and their
> ilk will try to blame business owners for
> creating and selling a lawful
> product.
>
> The purpose of this press conference is to
> defeat Senate Bill 659. S. 659 is
> designed to stop frivolous lawsuits against
> firearm manufacturers and
> distributors. Specifically, the bill would
> protect manufacturers and
> distributors from being held responsible for
> the misuse of their products.
>
> Currently, firearm manufacturers and
> distributors are being sued, at an
> alarming rate, in an attempt to force them into
> bankruptcy. If someone uses a
> firearm improperly (intentionally or
> unintentionally), the gun-banners call the
> manufacturers and distributors into court.
> Although the overwhelming majority
> of these cases favor the manufacturer or
> distributor, the legal fees often
> force the companies out of business. In
> effect, the gun-banners always win,
> even when they lose.
>
> The press conference will be held in
> Washington, DC (details are at the end of
> this message). We are counting on all of you
> to be there, either in person or
> via telephone, to counter the devious attempts
> of the Million Mom March, Brady
> Campaign, and Coalition to Stop Gun Violence.
>
> Please call your Senator and Representative and
> urge them to SUPPORT S.659!
> MMM, Brady Bunch and others are expecting to
> hold their hysterical press
> conference without opposition. What they will
> get instead is millions of gun
> owners from across the country calling in to
> show their support of S.659.
>
> If you live in the D.C. area, we encourage you
> to attend the press conference,
> with a big sign, and show your support for
> S.659. Let us know what happens so
> we can share with everyone else.
>
> Read the MMM Press Release here:
>
>
http://www.startribune.com/stories/569/3986930.html

'Bad Apples' The Worst Gun Sellers in America; The Worst Bill in Congress Angry Victims are Coming to Washington to Fight Against Legislation That Would Protect the Worst Characters in the Gun Sellin

PR News Wire


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Published July 14, 2003
0714BC-DC-GUN-LGSLTI

WASHINGTON, July 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Who are the bad apples of the gun industry, and why does Congress want to protect them? On Wednesday, July 16, at 11 AM, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence United with the Million Mom March, in partnership with the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, will host gun violence victims from across the country who have come to urge members of the U.S. Senate to stop S.659, the so-called gun immunity bill. The Brady organization will also release a list of the ten worst gun dealers in America, according to federal crime gun trace data -- dealers that would get special legal protection.

WHAT: Victims Press Conference

More than 10 gun violence victims from across America, including

victims of the DC sniper shootings.

US Senators

Other public figures

Release of 10 worst gun dealers in America, according to crime

data

WHEN: 11 AM, Wednesday, July 16, 2003

WHERE: Dirksen Senate Office Building, First and C Streets, NE

Room G11

>
> Read S. 659 here:
>
http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c108:S.659:
>
> Find your Legislators:
>
http://www.libertybelles.org/contactreps/contactingreps.htm
>
>
> WHAT: Victims Press Conference
> WHEN: 11 AM, Wednesday, July 16, 2003
> WHERE: Dirksen Senate Office Building, First
> and C Streets, NE, Room G11
>
> Thank you for your support!
>
> In Freedom,
>
> Jennifer Freeman
>
> Liberty Belles
> http://www.libertybelles.org

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Standing Wolf
July 15, 2003, 08:15 PM
...will host gun violence victims from across the country...

Nothing in there about criminal violence, is there?

gun-fucious
July 16, 2003, 10:32 AM
I heard on the radio this AM that ex-Chief Moose is going to speak for the Brady's at todays event

:fire:

gun-fucious
July 16, 2003, 11:19 PM
Moose Joins Sniper Victims in Opposing Gun Bill
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A1077-2003Jul16.html

Derrill Holly
The Associated Press
Wednesday, July 16, 2003; 4:28 PM

WASHINGTON -- Relatives of some of the Washington area sniper victims, joined by the police chief who helped lead the investigation, came to Capitol Hill Wednesday to speak out against gun violence.

Former Montgomery County Police Chief Charles Moose was among those lobbying senators against a bill that would protect gun makers and dealers from certain lawsuits.

"We have courts, we have systems, and people are just asking for a chance to go in front of our system," Moose told reporters.

Moose said supporters of the measure who claim it will discourage "frivolous lawsuits" are trying to provide the gun industry with protections rarely afforded other enterprises in the United States.

"We're asking for a chance to go in front of other Americans and ask 'Is the behavior of these manufacturers appropriate?"' Moose said.

The Capitol Hill appearance came on the same day that a Virginia Circuit Court Judge ruled that the trial of sniper suspect John Allen Muhammad should be moved from Prince William County to Virginia Beach, due to pretrial publicity.

"There's still going to be a trial, and that's what we're interested in," said Moose.

The news conference, organized by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and The Million Mom March, was held to coincide with a lobbying effort and national advertising campaign getting underway Thursday.

"Why should the gun industry be the only industry in the nation that can't be sued for negligence?" asked Michael Barnes, president of the Brady Campaign.

The House has passed a similar measure, and Barnes said Senate Bill 659 has 54 supporters.

Senators opposed to the measure have threatened to filibuster in an effort to keep it from coming to the floor for a vote. Senate rules require 60 votes to end such a challenge.

Several relatives of victims of last October's sniper shootings said passage of the measure would derail their efforts to seek damages from Bulls Eye Shooter Supply.

A .223-caliber Bushmaster AR-15 carbine, found with sniper defendants Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo when they were arrested in October, was traced to the Tacoma, Wash., store and linked to the sniper cases. The store's then-owners said it was lost in a theft. The victims' suit also names Bushmaster Firearms Inc. of Windham, Maine.

"We have a gun dealer on the West Coast who allegedly lost this Bushmaster rifle," said Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan, adding that passage of the legislation would block victims of the sniper and others killed during criminal activity or shot accidentally from pursuing most court remedies.

"Congress is saying that's OK," Duncan said.

-- -- --
© 2003 The Associated Press

gun-fucious
July 16, 2003, 11:39 PM
Congress Wants to Pass an NRA Bill
That Would Protect
America's Worst Gun Dealers

http://www.bradycampaign.com/

Gun Violence Victims from Across the Nation Converge on Washington, Urge U.S. Senate to Stop Bill to Protect the Worst Gun Sellers

Washington, D.C (7/16/03) - Do gun dealers like Bulls Eye Shooter Supply - the Tacoma, Washington gun shop that "lost" the gun used by the Washington DC snipers as well as more than 200 other guns, deserve protection from the people who lost spouses, children or other loved ones as a result of their reckless behavior?

Reasonable people would clearly say no - but that's exactly what Congress is trying to give this irresponsible gun dealer and others like him.
Click here to read the full press release .
The Ten Worst "Bad Apple" Gun Dealers In America .
Special Protection for the Gun Industry, Injustice for Gun Violence Victims .
Gun Violence Victims Opposing Protection for "Bad Apple" Gun Sellers .

Click here to see photos from the press conference .

Video from the Press Conference:
(Apple Quicktime Required)
Tenille Jefferson, Dennis Henigan and Mike Barnes (2:43, 4.6 MB)
Senators Lautenberg, Reed and Boxer and Rep. Van Hollen (2:06, 3.4 MB)
Charles Moose, Cpl. David Mitchell, Doug Duncan (4:34, 6 MB)
Victims Benny Oberoi, James Ballenger III and Vickie Snider (4:08, 6.3 MB)

gun-fucious
July 17, 2003, 10:34 AM
wanna cost the Bradys some bandwidth money?

click the links

Video from the Press Conference:
(Apple Quicktime Required)

* Tenille Jefferson, Dennis Henigan and Mike Barnes (2:43, 4.6 MB)
http://www.bradycampaign.org/xshare/movies/071603_1.mov

* Senators Lautenberg, Reed and Boxer and Rep. Van Hollen (2:06, 3.4 MB)
http://www.bradycampaign.org/xshare/movies/071603_2.mov

* Charles Moose, Cpl. David Mitchell, Doug Duncan (4:34, 6 MB)
http://www.bradycampaign.org/xshare/movies/071603_3.mov

* Victims Benny Oberoi, James Ballenger III and Vickie Snider (5:03, 7.5 MB)
http://www.bradycampaign.org/xshare/movies/071603_4.mov

gun-fucious
July 17, 2003, 10:46 AM
Victims' Rights In The Crosshairs

The Ten Worst "Bad Apple"
Gun Dealers In America

National crime gun trace data from 1989 through 1996 gathered by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) indicate the following gun dealers sold the highest numbers of crime guns in America and exhibited crime gun tracing patterns that ATF considers to be indicative of gun trafficking. (More current data is not available from the government.) Whereas most gun dealers have been associated with ZERO (0) gun traces, guns sold by these suspect gun dealers turn up in the wrong hands over and over again:

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Badger Outdoors Inc., West Milwaukee, WI. From 1989 through 1996, this dealer sold 554 guns traced to crime; 475 of those guns had a "short time to crime" as defined by ATF. The guns were involved in at least 27 homicides, 101 assaults, 9 robberies, and 417 additional gun crimes. The dealer also sold at least 1563 handguns in multiple sales. From 1994 to 1996, straw purchaser Lawrence Shikes bought 10 guns from Badger. In one case, he immediately sold the gun to an undercover federal agent who told Shikes he was a felon. Several weapons Shikes purchased have been recovered from a killer, a rapist (Marcus D. Hawkins - a convicted armed robber who raped a 22-year-old woman at gunpoint with her 17-month-old son nearby), a man who shot at a police officer (Charles Jennings), and three juvenile shooting suspects (including Roosevelt Poveda - a drug felon and a member of the Gangsta Disciples who was arrested as an accomplice to the murder of Stevie Blunt in 1996; one of Shikes' guns was later found in his home). Robert Mallette Jr. (a member of the Brothers of the Struggle gang in Chicago) and Edgar Richmond were arrested for straw purchases conducted at Badger. One of their guns was found by the body of their uncle Charles Holley (who had a drug history) when he was murdered by a rival gang member in March 1998.
*

Realco Guns Inc., Forestville, MD. From 1989 through 1996, this dealer sold 518 guns traced to crime; 394 of those guns had a "short time to crime" as defined by ATF. The guns were involved in at least 35 homicides, 31 assaults, 7 robberies, and 445 additional gun crimes. The dealer also sold at least 514 handguns in multiple sales.
*

Southern Police Equipment Co. Inc., Richmond, VA. From 1989 through 1996, this dealer sold 447 guns traced to crime; 293 of those guns had a "short time to crime" as defined by ATF. The guns were involved in at least 25 homicides, 32 assaults, 4 robberies, and 386 additional gun crimes. The dealer also sold at least 35 handguns in multiple sales. Ian Ralph Blackstock, a convicted New York drug dealer and the mastermind behind a major gunrunning operation, was sentenced to 25 years in prison for illegally obtaining 115 guns from March 1990 to February 1991 from this dealer and two others through straw sales. Fifteen of those weapons were used in crimes in New York and Washington. In 1999, a handgun was seized from a Richmond juvenile in connection with a drug crime 10 months after being sold by this dealer.
*

Atlantic Gun & Tackle, Bedford Heights, OH. From 1989 through 1996, this dealer sold 426 guns traced to crime; 256 of those guns had a "short time to crime" as defined by ATF. The guns were involved in at least 5 homicides, 72 assaults, 15 robberies, and 334 additional gun crimes. The dealer also sold at least 613 handguns in multiple sales.
*

Colosimo's Inc., Philadelphia, PA. From 1989 through 1996, this dealer sold 425 guns traced to crime; 206 of those guns had a "short time to crime" as defined by ATF. The guns were involved in at least 10 homicides, 85 assaults, 30 robberies, and 300 additional gun crimes. The dealer also sold at least 360 handguns in multiple sales.
*

Don's Guns & Galleries Inc., Indianapolis, IN. From 1989 through 1996, this dealer sold 398 guns traced to crime; 311 of those guns had a "short time to crime" as defined by ATF. The guns were involved in at least 7 homicides, 12 assaults, 2 robberies, and 370 additional gun crimes. The dealer also sold at least 2012 handguns in multiple sales. Numerous gun traffickers have "straw purchased" dozens of guns from Don's Guns in recent years. For example, between October 2001 and January 2002, Etely Diamond used two straw purchasers to buy 25 handguns from Don's Guns and then resold them on the streets of Chicago. Another trafficker, Jerome Steele, used straw buyers to obtain 12 and 9 guns on two different occasions in 2002 from Don's Guns and then resold them illegally in Chicago. A third trafficker, Willie Soward, also used straw buyers to obtain guns from Don's Guns for resale in Chicago.
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Breit & Johnson Sporting Goods Inc., Elmwood Park, IL. From 1989 through 1996, this dealer sold 347 guns traced to crime; 271 of those guns had a "short time to crime" as defined by ATF. The guns were involved in at least 27 homicides, 46 assaults, 3 robberies, and 271 additional gun crimes. The dealer also sold at least 459 handguns in multiple sales. Anthony Garner was arrested for gunrunning after he bought 16 handguns from Breit & Johnson that were then sold to Chicago gang members. At least one of those guns was used in a gang-related killing. In a similar incident, Andrew Young, age 19, was killed by Mario Ramos, also 19, a gang member with a gun from Breit & Johnson. The gun was purchased by Mariano DiVittorio, a known gun trafficker, for Daniel Escobedo who told the store's owner that he was a felon and could not purchase the gun for himself. Breit and Johnson is a defendant in ongoing cases filed by Chicago and Cook County and the family of Andrew Young for making illicit or negligent firearm sales.
*

Trader Sports Inc., San Leandro, CA. From 1989 through 1996, this dealer sold 337 guns traced to crime; 181 of those guns had a "short time to crime" as defined by ATF. The guns were involved in at least 27 homicides, 26 assaults, 2 robberies, and 282 additional gun crimes. The dealer also sold at least 3091 handguns in multiple sales. A San Francisco police inspector wrote in 1992 that Trader Sports sold more than 800 guns to a man who in turn sold them on the streets of San Francisco. That same year, ATF agents identified 24 people, all ineligible to purchase guns, who it suspected of obtaining those guns through straw buyers from Trader Sports. Trader Sports has been a defendant in several suits involving allegations of illicit or negligent sales, including a 1991 case brought by Sharon Ellingson whose husband was killed with an assault rifle allegedly straw purchased from this dealer a month before the murder. She obtained a $400,000 out-of-court settlement. Trader Sports is also a defendant in the lawsuits filed by 12 California jurisdictions in 1999, and at one point the owner lost his federal firearm license for "gross disregard" of the law.
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Miller's Dealers Outlet, Tucson, AZ. From 1989 through 1996, this dealer sold 297 guns traced to crime; 260 of those guns had a "short time to crime" as defined by ATF. The guns were involved in at least 13 homicides, 39 assaults, 2 robberies, and 243 additional gun crimes. The dealer also sold at least 533 handguns in multiple sales.
*

Turner's Outdoorsman, Chino, CA. From 1989 through 1996, this dealer sold 251 guns traced to crime; 148 of those guns had a "short time to crime" as defined by ATF. The guns were involved in at least 10 homicides, 31 assaults, 4 robberies, and 206 additional gun crimes. The dealer also sold at least 144 handguns in multiple sales. Turners is a defendant in the lawsuits filed by 12 California jurisdictions in 1999, which allege that the dealer engaged in unfair or unlawful business practices.


Note: Because ATF has only released dealer crime gun trace totals through the end of 1996, and those traces comprise less than one-third of the national crime gun traces to date, the actual crime gun totals for these dealers is likely to be much higher.

The following major gun manufacturers have sold their firearms through all ten of these 'bad apple' dealers and had them traced to crime: Beretta, Davis, Glock, Sturm Ruger, and Smith & Wesson.

Monkeyleg
July 17, 2003, 06:22 PM
Badger Guns as #1? That is, like, so last year.

Seriously, the story about Badger is at least two or possibly three years old. The owners opened the shop in the 1980's, when there were still several gun stores in the city. As the other shops closed one by one, Badger was eventually the closest shop to the gang- and drug-infested areas of the city. So, it's not surprising that the criminal element tries to buy guns there.

What the Brady bunch, as well as the media at the time this story originally broke, never have acknowledged is that Badger worked hand-in-hand with both the police and the BATF to help them catch the strawbuyers and convicted felons. On some days they made more calls to the BATF than they did gun sales. They installed cameras to record illegal activity in the parking lot, kept binoculars at every window so they could write down license plate numbers, and in general did everything they could to help the locals and the feds.

The folks at Badger did far more to help catch strawbuyers and felons than the entire staff of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, yet the paper refused to mention their role in the arrests. :fire:

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